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Graduate Student Research Tips & Tricks: Publishing and Scholarly Communication

Publishing Tools & Topics

Measuring Scholarly Impact

Scholarly impact can refer to several aspects of scholarly communication. Most commonly:

  • Journal Impact is the amount of times articles from a specific journal are cited combined with the number of articles that the journal publishes - this is known as the impact factor:
  • H-index measures scholarly impact at the author level - the amount of articles a scholar published combined with how many times those published articles are cited creates your h-index.
  • Eigenfactor is intended to measure the overall importance of a scientific journal. Similar to the journal impact factor, the Eigenfactor was developed to be a more robust tool, and considers how broad the journal's contribution is.
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